Monday, June 1, 2015

Moderation, Anonymity and Profiles


Fire is built to assist communications between both friends and family, unmet acquaintances and complete strangers. Fire provides a clear visual and functional distinction between private conversations with individually known 'contacts', and public conversations among user-created 'topics'.

Users moderate their own private conversations by clearing their "conversational slate" or by simply removing/ignoring unwanted contacts. Moderation of "public topics” is a more democratic affair. Each user is able to cast a vote in favor of, or against, individual comments. Comments “positively-voted” via this interface will frequent the 'preview' view of a topic and gain longevity, whereas negatively voted comments will risk being omitted or negatively impacting the service for that user. Users decide what is reprehensible behavior, and act, by stating their preference towards comments and behaviors, as a 'first line of defense' against malicious activity. Such “user-assisted moderation” should ease the necessity of active moderation, allowing its deployment only for outstanding instances of spamming, bots, scamming, and immoral/illegal activity.

Similar to other 'login providers', fire references a user's e-mail address as a proof-of-individuality and a means to communicate outside-of-service. Instead of linking to a single web service (which may entail a person's real identity*[*a topic due its course]), each of a user's 'profiles', referred to as 'cards' in-app, provides users, under a header and moniker of their choosing, with a custom collection of links to their own works and interests, blogs and social-media accounts. A "default card" is provided for, and will be assigned to new contacts and topics. Beyond which, users are free to associate with any 'card' (or 'profile') they wish, offering a unique 'online presence', for example, to each; friends, family, co-workers, classmates, teammates, cohorts, roommates, and any number of web communities and other groups with common topic of discourse.

A cohesive solution, amplifying users' ability to engage with one another, restricted only by an individual's ability to access a web-enabled platform. A solution with an accessible user interface, respect to open policy, community moderation, and motivated by 'best practices' and ‘value added’. A solution which may find common appreciation enough to support and promote vibrant communities.